Fall is the time to boost your wild homestead

12 Ways to Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall

We often think of fall as a time when the land starts to go to sleep. But did you know you can also boost your wild homestead this fall? By taking the right actions in the fall, you can help ensure the next year is more productive than the last, and filled with even greater abundance of life. Here are 12 ways you can boost your wild homestead this fall.

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The 12 ways you can boost your wild homestead this fall can be broken up into 4 basic categories:

  1. Building Soil
  2. Preparing the Land for Planting
  3. Planting Perennial Plants
  4. Creating Space to Connect with Your Land

When you implement these practices, you can really boost your wild homestead. Planting edible perennial plants is one of the best ways to make a difference, and fall is the best time to do it. Make sure to grab your cheat-sheet that tells you why fall is the time to get your perennials in the ground.  

So are you ready to have your most productive year yet? Grab your cheat-sheet and keep reading to learn how.

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Building Soil

Boost your wild homestead this fall by building soil

Mulch is my go-to method for building soil on my wild homestead. (Well, that and planting perennial plants.) I really can’t have enough mulch!

Soil is at the core of an abundant wild homestead. Without good, rich soil that is filled with life, you will struggle to create a productive wild homestead.

Luckily, you can boost your wild homestead this fall by taking some simple steps to start building your soil.

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Building Soil

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Preparing the Land for Planting

boost your wild homestead this fall by preparing the land for planting

Preparing the land before planting will help make sure your planting efforts are successful. Sheet-mulching is my favorite way to prepare my land for future planting

When spring comes after the long dark winter, you’ll be excited to start planting again. But if the land is not ready to plant into, you can easily run out of time to get everything in the ground. Plus, you are missing out on getting some help from nature with building soil over the fall and winter. Here are some ways to boost your wild homestead this fall by preparing your land for planting, so that you and your homestead will be ready to plant in the spring.

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Preparing the Land for Planting

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Planting Perennial Plants

Boost your wild homestead this fall by planting perennial plants

Every fall I make sure to plant a bunch of perennial plants. These plants are the core of my food growing systems. Even my vegetable garden has perennial plants like this kosmic kale!

When fall arrives, it doesn’t have to mean the end of planting for the year. With the return of the rains—and before the chill of winter arrives—the world often wakes up from the summer heat. Plants will put on a last push of new growth, and some seedlings will even start to germinate.

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Planting Perennial Plants

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Creating Space to Connect with Your Land

Create outdoor sit spots on your homestead

Every time I get a new area ready to plant, I make sure to add trails and outdoor sit spots to it. These features help me to connect with my land, and they help my family and I build a natural life.

Don’t just prepare your land for planting food. When you get out the shovel, you’ll also want to be sure to prepare some spaces just for you—places that will help you connect with the land around you. Creating space for yourself on your homestead will help you build a natural life—to enjoy the abundant life around you and soak up the benefits of spending time in nature each day.

Your wild homestead is not just for plants and wild critters. Perhaps the best way to boost your wild homestead this fall is to find ways to work yourself into the space.

Boost Your Wild Homestead This Fall by Creating Space to Connect with Your Land

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    Build nature trails on your land. Nature trails will help you easily explore, observe, and experience your land. You deserve to enjoy the wild abundance you’ve created. Plus, the observations you’ll make on your nature walks will help make you a better wild homesteader in years to come.
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    As you walk your nature trails, you’ll want to stop, sit, and just be present with the land around you. Creating outdoor sit spots along your trails will give you the space to do so. These can also be places for you, your family, and friends to spend time together in nature.

How to Get Started this Fall

Fall leaves are great for preparing land for planting!

Towards the end of summer I always start to think about what I want to do come fall on my wild homestead. Which of these 12 methods are you going to do this fall? One hint is don't waste those fall leaves!

Don’t worry about trying to implement all 12 of these ways to boost your wild homestead this fall. Some of these methods might not even fit your wild homestead.

The best way to get started is to pick one of these 12 methods and start there. If you’re planning to rake up the leaves that fall on your lawn, how about adding them as mulch to your shrubs and trees?

This would be a quick and easy way to boost your wild homestead this fall.

Then try planting a new fruit tree, plus a berry bush and a few perennial vegetables in a grassy area. Just make sure to get some cardboard and wood chips so you can sheet-mulch the grass around your new plants.

Come spring, your new tree, berries, and perennial vegetables will start growing. And soon, they will provide you with an abundance of low-maintenance food.

If you have some old logs, or if you know a place to get them, you can add them around that area to create a border, and a simple outdoor sit spot for you and your family to enjoy the new plants.

Just imagine sitting under that fruit tree on those logs in a few years.

Fall really is a great time to boost your wild homestead, and these 12 methods will help you do so. Before you go, I would love to hear from you in the comments about what other methods you use to boost your wild homestead. Also, don’t forget to grab your cheat-sheet filled with information about why fall is a great time to plant perennial plants.


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Daron is a restoration ecologist, a lifelong gardener, and the founder of Wild Homesteading. He manages the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he applies restoration and sustainable gardening techniques on his family’s own wild homestead. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two beautiful children. In addition, to running this site Daron manages the restoration program for a local non-profit and is a husband to an amazing wife who makes this site and the homestead possible and daddy to 2 perfect kids.

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